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xand
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the list of members seems strange

Post by xand »

if you take a look at the Memberlist, you can see that there is 5619 members who joined in the 1st january 1970 and have never sent an message.
who are they ? :)

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cunabula
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A note about the date.

Post by cunabula »

Don't know how relevant this is but here is a curious coincidence about the date:

Sidebar: Absolute Time The use of 12.00 midnight, GMT, January 1st, 1970, as a starting point for measuring absolute time is an obscure artifact of computer history. This date is rumoured to be the birth date of the UNIX operating system developed by AT&T Bell Labs in the early 1970's. The later widespread use of UNIX on laboratory and departmental computers perpetuated the use of this same date as the starting point for time measurement. Most of today's computers now use this date for the stating time for time measurement on their internal clocks. VRML's use of the same starting time is an artifact of this widespread operating system convention.

(Quoted from 'VRML 2.0 Sourcebook')

Probably has nothing to do with it, but at least everyone who reads this will have slightly more useless information in their heads than before. :wink:

UncleZeiv
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Post by UncleZeiv »

Yeah, of course, the date is not a mistery: it is just "0" in the "unix timestamp" field 8)

SirDude
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Post by SirDude »

To answer the question,

I'm guessing they are users that were migrated from the older
website and no longer are involved. Or just very quiet. ;)

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